Democratic Lawmaker Vapes During Hearing With Permission From Republican Colleagues

Steve Birr | Vice Reporter

A Democratic state senator raised questions about the use of electronic cigarettes in public after using a personal vaporizer throughout a committee hearing in Colorado.

State Sen. Daniel Kagan was seen pulling on a vape pen during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday, and was subsequently asked by reporters whether he was violating any protocols. Vaping is not currently illegal at the state level in public spaces, including the State Capitol, with the exception of school buildings, reports FOX31.

A reporter with FOX31 confronted Kagan over the issue, asking him if he thought it was appropriate to use the device during official state business.

“Well I don’t think it’s ideal but vaping has been a life savor, I was a smoker for decades,” Kagan told FOX31. “As far as I know I’m not breaking any laws and I always ask permission.”

It turns out Kagan’s Republican colleagues actually gave him their blessing to use a vape in the chambers.

The most comprehensive review of existing research on e-cigarettes to date was released Tuesday, concluding the products are a useful tool for smokers trying to quit cigarettes that greatly improves health outcomes.

The research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine echos previous reports confirming the relative safety of vaping devices when compared to traditional cigarettes.

The report found that smokers who completely switch to vaping largely eliminate their exposure to deadly carcinogens, tar and other harmful chemicals present in combustible tobacco.

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